Urban Design

Urban design is the creation of stimulating, thriving, vibrant buildings, places, spaces and networks that define our community, and the ways people use, interact with and value them. Urban design is concerned not just with appearances and built form, but with the environmental, economic, social and cultural consequences of design. Urban design, as a discipline, draws together many different sectors and professions, and includes both the process of decision-making as well as the outcomes of design.

The Urban design team is responsible for creating urban design guidelines and policies while undertaking urban design studies that promote good urban design in all aspects of the planning process. The section also reviews development applications and coordinates the town's Livable by Design Awards program, which celebrates and encourages outstanding achievements in urban design, heritage preservation and green building.

Current projects

Livable by Design Manual

Livable by Design Awards

The 2015 Livable by Design Awards program has been postponed and will be rescheduled to a future date. The postponement will provide the necessary time for current projects to be completed and eligible for the awards program and for town staff to assess program frequency to ensure greater future participation. Please provide your contact information to LBDAwards@oakville.ca to be placed on our contact list to be notified of the next award program.

2013 Livable by Design Awards

Design Guidance Documents

Town of Oakville Streetscape Strategy (2014) (pdf, 600 KB)
Design Guidelines for Stable Residential Communities (2013) (pdf, 7 MB)
North Oakville Urban Design and Open Space Guidelines (2009) (pdf, 23.2 MB)
Drive-through Facilities Urban Design Study and Guidelines (2003) (pdf, 8.1 MB)
Oakville Universal Design Standards for Town Facilities (2015) (pdf, 9.89 MB)
Old Bronte Road/Khalsa Gate Streetscape Plan (2012)


Completed Projects

Project "Crosswalk" (October 17, 2014)

Urban Design Contacts

Shadi Adab
Urban Designer, East District
Planning Services
905-845-6601, ext 3132

Christina Tizzard
Manager, Urban Design
Planning Services
905-845-6601, ext. 3266

Philip Wiersma
Urban Designer, East District
Planning Services
905-845-6601, ext. 3795

Dwight Ingalls
Urban Designer, West District
Planning Services
905-845-6601, ext. 3908

Jana Kelemen
Urban Designer, West District 
Planning Services
905-845-6601, ext. 3026